QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q. Why do we wear the Scapular?
A. "The Brown Scapular identifies us, like a habit identifies a religious, or a uniform identifies a
person. The Scapular represents a life of prayer." - Fr. John Corapi.
The Scapular also represents the sweet yoke of Jesus Christ which Mary helps us to bear.
The Brown Scapular is not:
a magical charm to protect you
an automatic guarantee of salvation
an excuse for not living up to the demands of the Christian life
It is a sign which stands for the decision to:
-follow Jesus like Mary
-be open to God and to His Will
-be guided by faith, hope and love
-to pray at all times
-to discover God's presence in all that happens around us
Pope Pius XII referred to the Scapular as “The Sign of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary.” The Pope also said the Scapular marks us as one of Mary’s chosen children, and
becomes for us a “Garment of Grace.”
A. The Scapular must be worn over the shoulders in such a manner that one part hangs in
front of the body and the other in back. Worn in any other way, it carries no indulgence or
promise. It is not necessary to wear the Scapular next to the skin. Many Catholics may not
know it is the wish of the Holy Father that the Scapular Medal should not be worn in place of
the cloth Scapular without sufficient reason. Mary cannot be pleased with anyone who
substitutes the medal out of vanity, or out of fear of making an open profession of faith. The
medal has never been noted for any of the miraculous preservations attributed to the brown
cloth Scapular. (”Garment of Grace” Imprimatur: Most Rev. Timothy Harrington, March 9, 1990)
Q. Must the Scapular be blessed before wearing it?
A. The first Scapular to be worn must be blessed and imposed by a priest using the formula
contained in the Roman ritual for reception into the Confraternity of the Scapular. The formula
for enrollment can be printed HERE.
Q. What should be done with the Scapular when it is worn out?
A. The Scapular, being a sacred object, when it becomes worn out must be either buried or
burned. It should not be disposed of in the regular garbage.
Q. After being enrolled, do subsequent Scapulars need to be blessed?
A. No, subsequent Scapulars need not be blessed as the blessing and imposition are
attached to the wearer for life.
Q. Would there be a sin if you stopped wearing the Scapular after having received it?
A. No. It would not be a sin, but in doing so you would loose all the benefits promised. If you
have not worn the Scapular, even for several years, and you decide to wear it again, no new
ceremony or enrollment is necessary.
Q. Why do we call it a Scapular?
A. The word "Scapular" comes from the Latin word "scapulae" meaning "shoulders". The
Scapular is actually a miniature form of a monk's habit by the same name which is a
sleeveless outer garment falling from the shoulders to the feet.
Q. May non-Catholics wear the Scapular?
A. Yes. Non-Catholics may wear the Scapular but are not enrolled in the Confraternity.
Confraternity members are under the authority of the Catholic Church. When we give a
Scapular to a non-Catholic, we should say one Hail Mary and ask them to say a Hail Mary each
day. Our Lady will bring conversions to those who honor Her by this means.
Saints devoted to the Brown Scapular:
The Scapular encourages us to live as authentic Christians in line with the teaching of the
Gospel, to receive the sacraments, to profess our special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, which
should be expressed each day, at least by saying the Hail Mary.
The Scapular must be made of cloth and worn over the shoulders by cloth or a cord or a chain.
It may not be pinned or fastened to clothing as a replacement for wearing it over the shoulders.
In necessary cases, such as in missions, the scapular medal may be worn instead. However,
if the scapular medal is worn for insufficient reason, such as vanity or convenience, the wearer
runs the risk of not receiving the benefit of the promise.
The Morning Offering
O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary (here kiss your Scapular as a sign of
your consecration; partial indulgence also), I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all
the altars throughout the world, joining with It the offering of my every thought, word and action
of this day. O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can and I offer them
together with myself, to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them in the interest of Thy
most Sacred Heart. Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
|"Whosoever dies wearing
this scapular shall not suffer
- Promise of Our Lady made July
16, 1251 to St. Simon Stock
|The Brown Scapular
Who is Our Lady of Mt Carmel?
|POPE JOHN PAUL II
|Our Lady of Mt Carmel
Feast Day: July 16
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